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The 40+ jobs that every mom does—for free

19. Sleep coach—aka nap negotiator, monster slayer, nightmare soother. ?

The 40+ jobs that every mom does—for free

Moms are impressive. Awesome. Busy. Talented.

Basically—what we’re trying to say is—moms rule. ?


We rule because we have the longest list of ‘jobs’ that you’ve ever seen. That we do every day. *Mostly* with a smile on.

Mamas are there to comfort and make everything better, to soothe cries from nightmares in the middle of the night and to patch up scrapes and cuts throughout the day. Mothers know how to prepare meals just how their kiddos like them, how to rub their backs the “right” way and how to say their lines properly while acting out Frozen.

Our children expect a lot from us, and let’s be honest—we almost always deliver. And if we can’t—we try really, really hard to. Our intentions are good and our hearts are always in our mommin’abilities...and in all those jobs that our role of mom entails.

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1. Nurse—aka professional boo boo fixer, scrape soother, magical bruise healer.

2. Cleaning service—aka toy putter away-er, constant crumb vacuum-er, tornado fixer, face wiper, dishwasher.

3. Chef—aka gourmet cook, dual chef-sous chef combo, waitress, snack maker, walking Pinterest meal board, pizzeria chef.

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4. Referee—aka fight breaker upper, mediator, tantrum tamer.

5. Personal assistant—aka appointment maker, play date scheduler, event planner, task manager.

6. Teacher—aka homework helper, example of living a moral life, explainer of right and wrong.

7. Meal planner—aka grocery shopper, ingredient investigator, recipe reader, cookbook.

8. Chauffeur—aka seat buckler, car seat installer, car DJ.

9. Birthday party organizer—the party planner, the present buyer, the creative genius, the wrapper and decorator.

10. Life coach—aka the amateur child psychologist, the therapist who listens to all. the. stories., the girlfriend when they need to vent.

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11. Classroom parent—aka the class volunteer, the bringer of snacks, the organizer of the events.

12. Organizer—aka of the home, of the toys, of their schedules...basically, of their lives.

13. Personal stylist—aka the hair stylist, the outfit planner, the personal shopper.

14. Wet nurse—the feeder from our bodies, the makers of milk, the pumpers of the liquid gold.

15. Chief Financial Officer—aka we pay the bills, we buy them what they need, we allot a certain amount of money for fun stuff and treats.

16. Entertainer—aka singer, performer, actress, lullaby soother, magician, their personal audio book.

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17. Handy(wo)man—aka fixer of the things, toy assembler, puzzle doer.

18. Psychic—aka reader of the minds, guesser of the needs, predictor of the future.

19. Sleep coach—aka nap negotiator, monster slayer, nightmare soother.

20. Pooping doula—aka bathroom helper, poop coaxer, butt wiper.

21. Rule enforcer—aka rule maker, deep breather when rules are not followed, decider of whether something is acceptable or not.

22. Investigator—aka finder of all the missing things, the questioner when there is a fight or say, crayon on the walls, examiner of things such as poop/ phlegm (and all those fun things!).

23. The Multitasker—aka the cook/ entertainer/ rule enforcer/ life coach often all at one time.

24. Chief Instagrammer—aka photographer, social media manager, selfie teacher.

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25. Translator—aka interpreter of their sayings, the understander of what they’re saying, the communicator to anyone else who doesn’t understand them.

26. Dental hygienist—aka brusher of the teeth, toothpaste putter on-er, scheduler of the actual dentist appointments.

27. Memory maker—aka memory preservationist, magic maker, photo book maker.

28. Travel agent—aka trip planner, trip booker, the maker of the fun.

29. Researcher—aka fact checker (“Mom! I did not color on the couch!”), lie detector, investigator of the interwebs (what is that rash exactly?)

30. Crisis negotiator—aka diffuser of dangerous situations, law enforcement officer, special agreement agent (“Fine! You can have one more cookie if you get in the bath after.”)

31. Personal trainer—aka dance instructor, yogi, soccer coach, choreographer.

32. Bargain hunter—aka finder of the deals, saver of the money, college fund benefactor.

33. Imagination engineer—aka professional artist who knows how to paint all the things, the game maker, the creative wizard.

34. Encyclopedia—aka the answer of all the why’s in the world, all the how’s and all the where’s, who’s and what’s.

35. The comforter—aka Chief Cuddler, professional hugger, best kisser, human pillow.

36. Laundry service—aka the stain slayer, the fast folder, the washing wizard.

37. Transportation service—aka the carrier of the children/human maker/3D printer, the personal piggy-backer, the human jungle gym.

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38. Lifeguard—aka swim instructor, sunscreen applicator, personal pool float.

39. The pet caregiver—aka the dog walker, the litter box cleaner, the fish feeder.

40. The magic maker—aka Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the birthday wizard.

Mama, you’re amazing! We’ve got this.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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